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10 Reasons You’re Not 2000 Rated – Yet E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 16 December 2016 00:00

10 reasons you are not 2000Many chess players want to cross magical 2000 elo mark, to have that “2” next to their name. 2000+ is a very respectable rating and will place you in top 3-5% of all rated chess players. With the right training a chess player is expected to reach the 2000 level in about 3 years. Some players make it faster; others never make it. If you are reading it, the chances are you did not make the magic 2000 mark yet. Here are the 10 reasons you’re not 2000 rated yet!

1. You don’t learn from your mistakes

Learning from your own mistakes is a step one to improve your game. It doesn’t matter if you are 1200 rated, 1400 rated or 1800 – avoiding making the same mistakes over and over again is probably the most crucial step at gaining those elo points. Many club players do not improve past 1400 or 1500 because they simply don’t realize the mistakes they’re making and don’t fix them. Without stopping those mistakes from happening it’s not possible to improve.

2. You don’t take advice from other players

Many club players, especially those who’ve been playing chess for decades don’t like listening to any advice. They get used to playing what they play and are not willing to change how they play it. The things get especially complicated if advice comes from a younger player. What you need to realize is that age is unimportant in chess. There are 12-13-year-old grandmasters out there. Those already know more about the game than most 40-50 year olds ever will. Taking and making use of a good advice is something that may tremendously help your game.

3. You are not willing to invest time

Many chess players think that improvement is a straight forward process, and can literally happen in matter of days. This is usually not the case. Chess is a complex game and to improve you need to learn the necessary skill-set and get the experience. The most important thing to keep in mind while training is that you should take it easy and don’t expect overnight results. The consistency is the key. If it is there – the results will come.

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4. You don’t get sufficient practice

To improve at chess, you need to be getting enough practice. Ideally, you should allocate your training process in such a way that you spend sufficient time working on the game, playing practice and tournament games throughout the year. You probably will ask me how much time you need to spend on training, playing practice games, and tournaments. There is no exact answer for that question.

For example, our 21 Day Course is designed in such a way that you only need to spend around 30-40 minutes a day training for about 35 days or so. This is indeed not the only training option, but something well worth considering. Whether you are training with our 21 Day Course or not, you are also expected to play 3-5 practice games per week and at least 3 long-time control, tournament games per month to see the rating increase. That way you will be able to put into practice all newly learned skills.

5. You don’t have access to the right resources

Even though we live in the internet age, many chess players do not have access to high quality chess resources. Of course, you can get free YouTube videos, blog posts, forum threads, etc. and etc. This is one of the times, when too many resources will do more harm than good. They are highly unorganized, sometimes contradictory and even plain wrong. Of course, it is possible to learn something from those, but if you want to simplify your chess journey and get results, sticking to something trustworthy is a way to go.

6. You play too much chess

I would say, most club players play way too much chess. They spend literally every second of their time playing on the internet or elsewhere. If your goal is to improve at chess, I would suggest sticking to the 2/3 rule. If you want to become a stronger chess player, you should spend 2/3 of available time on training and only 1/3 for playing games.

7. You don’t play enough chess

Not playing any chess is another extreme case. There are some “theoretical chess experts” who spend 100% of their time reading theory books, studying openings, following latest chess trends… but don’t play any chess. They have a chess knowledge of a strong master, but only rated 1300 over the board, because the skill level is simply missing. Don’t be one of those guys, add some practice into your routine. Stick to 2/3 rules and you’ll be pleased with the results.

8. You don’t take the game seriously

Some club players don’t take chess very seriously. They take it lightly, and don’t care much about the outcome. It is not a good approach if you care about becoming a stronger chess player. To perform at your best, an adequate amount of stress is needed.

9. You don’t work on what’s lacking the most

Most chess players have a favorite training routine. It is usually either solving tactics, going over the games of stronger players or kibitzing GM games. To reach those 2000 elo, you should be a balanced chess player with all elements of chess developed well. That means you have to work on openings and endgames even if you hate it.

10. You don’t have a goal, plan and a deadline

Many chess players have a dream of becoming 2000 rated. They don’t specify when they want to achieve it, or how they can achieve it. If you want to reach your goal, you also need to have a clear plan and a deadline which would keep you on track and motivated. That’s something 21 Day Course excels at. It helps you with the goal, plan and even the deadline! You get all the training materials in one package, and get all information in small bites.

If you want to improve your chess level, you need to have a clear study plan. If you aim for a dramatic improvement at chess you need to work on all of the elements of the game in a systematic way:

  • tactics
  • positional play
  • attacking skills
  • endgame technique
  • classical games analysis
  • psychological preparation
  • and much more

That seems to be like a lot of things, and that is. But no worries, we have made it easy for you. Our comprehensive training course covers it all and much more. Sign up for 21 Day Training right now!

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Last Updated on Friday, 16 December 2016 11:35

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